Monday, December 5, 2011

A Bridge and Other Stuff

I spent a good portion of the day with Nancy on Friday. We went to an antique mall near the outlet mall in Howell and then spent a bit of time at the outlet mall. The antique mall is very large and we didn't get through all of it before we decided it was time for lunch. We will definitely have to go back there. We shopped a bit for the grandchildren before heading back home. We weren't able to fit in the huge Salvation Army store they have in Howell, so that, too, will be saved for another time.

At the antique mall I bought four antique drawer pulls for the hubster to make a towel rack from.

I also managed to find a few new old books to repurpose into journals. 

I found a book at the library that has really spoken to me about the value of drawing from life - not so much from photographs, which is mostly what I have done so far. So with that in mind, I took a sketch book into the north bathroom and sketched the bridge the hubster built over the creek.

It is garbage day so I mustn't forget to get my waste baskets out to the dumpster. I put on my workout clothes as soon as I got out of bed this morning so that I wouldn't find an excuse to put it off. Later today I am going into town to have my new glasses adjusted and then picking up Miss P so we can spend a bit of time together while her little sister, Miss M, is at ballet class. I had Miss Z overnight on Saturday and we had a lovely time.

The kids are coming out with the girls tomorrow evening for the annual hanging of the dated Christmas ornaments. I hope to get some pix and I suppose I should pick up some cookie dough and frosting, along with some food coloring so they can decorate cookies.

I think it is shaping up to be a busy day as usual. I intend to make time to do a sketch from life at some point in the day and will share it tomorrow.

Also, before I close for the day I wanted to tell you about an online art ad site, Artmarket,  that has free ads from now until December 10th. I put up an ad there for my repurposed journals. I think even after the free period is over the ads are very affordable and it's a great place to patronize.

I sure hope you are having a great day and that you make time for something creative.



  1. you've had a great weekend and more joys to come by the sound of things.Your husband did alovely job of the bridge, it looks great in your sketch.Thanks for sharing.

  2. those books will make wonderful journals!!!!!!

  3. You have been busy! I'm looking forward to seeing those old books remade into beautiful sketchbooks. I mentioned Faint Heart Art in the interview Cathy Johnson put on her blog. You can see it here --
    Thanks for the tip about the free ad, too. I've already added mine to the site!

  4. Fun sketch of bridge your husband built and very creative finds you had this weekend ~~ Happy CED ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Love the bridge - clever husband you have there! Save some energy for the girls tomorrow and have a great time.

  6. What wonderful finds! I like your sketch, you should do more! I also really like your chairs posted below :-)

  7. You lead an active, busy life. I don't know how you keep up with everything. I think daily sketching from life is a great idea...hope to see you doing more.

  8. The 'north bathroom' wow it sounds like you live in a castle!
    It is good to sketch, the more you do the better it gets, or so they say!
    Sweet little bridge!

  9. Nice little sketch of a great little bridge!! BTW, it was nice of you not to mention that I got busted in the antique store! lol hugs, nancy

  10. I like your sketch of the bridge! Was the book you got at the library the Zen of Seeing by Frederick Franck? If not, you might really enjoy that too!

  11. Such a cute little bridge. Nice sketch!

  12. those books will make wonderful journals and sketching from life is such a great skill... it really gets you concentrating and working hard... xx

  13. Great sketch and finds Vicki...I must start thinking about xmas